Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry

Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Brian A. Terry

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed near Rio Rico, Arizona while attempting to apprehend a group of armed subjects. The suspects had been preying on illegal immigrants, bringing in drugs, with the intent to rob them after they sold the drugs.

Agent Terry and several other agents were attempting to arrest the group when shots were exchanged between the suspects and agents. Agent Terry was struck in the pelvis by a round fired by a suspect armed with an AK-47.

He was flown to a hospital where he succumbed early the following morning.

One of the subjects who was wounded in the shootout was taken into custody at the scene and charged with murder. Four other subjects fled the scene and were believed to have returned to Mexico. One of the four fugitives was arrested by Mexican authorities in September 2012.

On October 30th, 2012, the subject who was wounded in the initial shootout pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. A total of six subjects were convicted of crimes in connection to Agent Terry's murder and sentenced to life. The seventh suspect, leader of the group, was extradited from Mexico to Arizona in 2020. On September 21, 2022, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 77 years.

Agent Terry was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for 3-1/2 years. He had previously served as a police officer with the Lincoln Park, Michigan, Police Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, two sisters, five nieces, and one nephew and is buried in Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Wayne County, Michigan.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 years, 5 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 14, 2010
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Seven suspects convicted

illegal alien, robbery

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Brian Terry - Border Patrolman Bortec Unit
EOW 12-15-2010
Brian was murdered by an illegal gang in Peck Canyon Arizona
In a case called “Fast & Furious”
God bless your soul Brian and may God give solace to your family upon reflections of your wonderful spirit and memories

Uncle Ken & Betty Mills
Aunt and Uncle

February 26, 2022

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